I just returned from five days of drift diving in West Palm Beach, Florida. Despite Hurricane Irene passing through in the middle of our trip, it was a great time and we completed a number of good dives.
The swimming pool and cabana at The Scuba Club in West Palm Beach
A view from our suite
Scott preps his gear for our second day of diving
View of The Scuba Club from the boat
Getting ready to head out for a dive. Hurricane, schmuricane.
Thursday morning. Hurricane Irene rolls by.
So we can't dive because of the hurricane. Hey, I know! Let's go to the beach! Here Darrick discusses swimming in a hurricane with the lifeguard.
For my pinewood derby car I drew the side and top profile freehand, traced it onto the car body, then cut it out with a jigsaw. I further shaped and smoothed it with my oscillating spindle sander and stationary belt sander, then hand sanded to get a perfectly smooth and regular contour.
My car body after shaping and sanding.
The bottom is hollowed out to allow space for weights.
I cut narrow strips of painters tape to mask the body
After staining, the taped lines show as the original pine color
The finished product
I made Kyle’s car a simple wedge design to allow him to do as much of the work as possible. I cut the shape on the table saw and rounded the corners on the router table. Kyle sanded it with my help, then I inserted weights and spray painted the car. Kyle decorated it with stickers and hammered in the wheels to finish the car.
Shooting for Transformers 3 is taking place in the street across the river from my building this week. The street itself looks like a war zone, with tons of rubble, smashed cars, and a burned out Vienna Beef street vendor cart. The crane with the blue box in the center of the last photo is the center of the action right now. They put a guy up on the box, raise it in the air, then he flips off while sparks fly out of the box. It looks really cheesy – makes you appreciate how much work goes into these movies post-shooting.